TXST Hangs On, 37-29

The Aggies would battle back and not make anything easy on Texas State. It came down to a possible game tying hailmary by NMSU, but the ball sailed out of the end zone as TXST would hang on.

The Bobcats would put together a three score third quarter to surmount too big of a hill for the Aggies to climb. RB Terrence Franks (Sr.) would find the end zone twice within 45 seconds of each other. The first coming off of a 14 yard touchdown run, followed by a 10 yard blocked punt return for a touchdown. Franks would line up on the right end of the punt return team, he was the only Bobcat to provide a rush, and would smother the punt. He would then scoop it up along the New Mexico State sideline and rumble in for the touchdown.

Also, in the pivotal third quarter, TE Lawrence White (Sr.) would make a 23 yard catch for his first career touchdown, as Tyler Jones would roll right and find him on a drag route. It was Texas State's third score of the quarter and extend the lead to 37-21.

The Bobcats opened up with three scores in the first quarter as well, with two touchdown runs from RB Robert Lowe (Jr.), one from 14 yards out, and the other from 5. Texas State tacked on a 36 yard field goal from Will Johnson (Sr.), making it 17-7, TXST after one quarter. Lowe would finish the night with 69 yards on 16 carries and a reception for 8 yards. Lowe was critical on third down conversions, pushing forward through traffic to move the chains on more than one occasion.

New Mexico State would not go down without a fight as they continued to implement RB Larry Rose III (Fr.), who would finish with 226 all purpose yards and two touchdowns. Rose's 15 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter would cut the deficit to eight points.

LB David Mayo (Sr.) led the Bobcats with another high level performance of 17 tackles and a career high 2.5 tackles for loss. Trey McGowan was rock solid as well, racking up double digit tackles with 12. While Texas State would give up 636 yards of offense, two key interceptions by DB Germod Williams (So.) and DB Craig Mager (Sr.) would negate valiant drives by New Mexico State and help keep a solid lead for the Bobcats through most of the game.

Texas State improves to 5-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Bobcats will host the first place Georgia Southern Eagles 7-2 (6-0) at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday November 8th for a 3 pm kickoff.

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